We all "train our own brain" at some level every time we develop a habit. Now Psychologist Anna Rose Childress, Jeremy Magland, and their colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania have used a combination of brain-scanning and feedback techniques to train subjects to move a cursor up and down with their thoughts. The subjects could perform this task after just five minutes of training. Earlier studies have shown that people can learn to consciously control their brain activity if they're shown their brain activity data in real time—a technique called real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Using this technology people have learned to control chronic pain and depression. Similar feedback methods may be able to help drug users kick their addictions. And just imagine what people could do in terms of creating positive habits if they decided to get on board? (Source)

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